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Staunton drainage project should be completed soon

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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STAUNTON -- According to officials with Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Indianapolis, the Town of Staunton's storm drainage improvement project should be completed by the end of this month.

On Monday, officials with the company met with members of the Staunton Town Council regarding the project. Council member Ed Nevins was not able to attend the meeting.

Commonwealth provided a pay estimate contingent upon approval to the council. The pay estimate was for a change order offered by McCalister Brothers Sewer and Septic Service, based in Vigo County, the company providing the labor for the project.

The change order provided cost a little more than what Commonwealth officials initially believed it would.

In addition, Commonwealth representative Roger Kottlowski told the council there was a lot of paving left to do, which could begin next week.

He said the project could be finalized by Nov. 20, but asked for an additional 10 days for walk-throughs.

The council agreed.

In September, Commonwealth officials informed the council the project had fallen a bit behind schedule due to June weather conditions.

The council conducted a hearing in May with several companies interested in performing work on part of the town's sewer system.

Monies for the project were approved by the Clay County Commissioners through federal government stimulus "shovel ready" projects. The town received close to $1 million for the project.

Council members said the project called for "major arteries" of the town's sewer system to be replaced, including sewer pipe through the town's main streets.

Meanwhile, the council met with Ben Evans of Evans Bros., Terre Haute, Monday, to discuss a quote he provided to clean floors at the town's Community Center.

The quote, estimated at $1,600, called for the cleaning and painting of the floors. Additional materials were included in the quote.

However, council members said they wanted the floors in the center etched. Evans said he would have to adjust his quote.

Council members added they were waiting for an additional quote from another service.

The council agreed to wait until they received both quotes to make a decision, but added money from fundraisers at the center would be used for the project. Council members anticipated the floors could be finished in the center before the end of the year.

In other business, the council met with Town Attorney Thomas Clary regarding an unsafe building update.

Council member Brad Webster, who also serves as the town Building Inspector, presented a local residence he has deemed unsafe to the council.

Webster said the owner of the residence, who currently lives adjacent to the property, has asked repeatedly for extensions from the council to bring the home in compliance.

However, Webster said he believed the structure was "unsafe" and the owner has had plenty of time to make repairs.

The council accepted inspection findings from a third party and agreed to move forward with the possibility of demolishing the structure.

The Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 13.



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